Shane Sutton, the head coach of British Cycling has said that he has faith in his squad that they can deal with the weather in Colombia, according to BBC Sport.

The 2014 World Championships start today in Cali in Colombia but the weather has caused some concern among the competitors and coaches. The velodrome has a roof, but has got open sides, which has caused rain and wind to fall onto the track, disrupting preparations.

Sutton said: "The organisers do everything in their power to make sure everyone competes on a level footing."

Britain were successful in last year's World Championships in Minsk, winning five gold medals, including two for Becky James, and Sutton is aiming to equal the success.

"I'd like to think in the Olympic disciplines that we're there or thereabouts, six medals, say. That's what I would like. But no-one can predict."

Double Olympic champion Laura Trott, who won a gold and a silver last year, reckons that world record times will be difficult to come by, because of the weather conditions and open venue.

"It is a bit odd having no sides on, as you can have a headwind down one straight and a tailwind down the other. It might make it harder to set a record," Trott offered.

There is a mix of experience and new faces in the squad with Sir Dave Brailsford looking to experiment and "try different things" with the Rio Olympics approaching. Five of the defending gold medallists will get the opportunity to defend their title. Only Simon Yates, who won the points race, will not do so.

Brailsford said: "With qualification for Rio 2016 expected to begin this year, this World Championships will allow us to lay down a marker to see where we are at against the best in the world and assess what work needs to be done."

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